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Boys in the Band meets La Cage in an Indiana gay bar. A joyous dance of song, drag queens, laughs, lies, friends and a touch of tawdry, grabs you, shakes...stirs, then sets you down with a smile and a kiss. Set in 2007, A.S.S. is a kaleidoscope of weird jobs, loves, hopes, dreams, rage, loss, music and more. It's a book for anyone who has ever felt different and the friends we find on our trip through this funny little life.
Every Sunday evening, TiaRa del Fuego’s Parade of Gowns & Songs drag show presents the best entertainment in our small, Indiana college town.
Between sets, we gathered for drinks and nachos at Nacho Mama’s Patio Cafe, trading lies, laughs, adventures, and sorrows.
Then TiaRa announced she had found “true” love - yet again and was leaving. Disaster loomed. Over the course of the evening, we had to decide how far we would go to save her from her own desires.
Over the course of the evening, the Entrepreneur, the Lush, the Boys, the Spy, the Southern Belle, the Fixer and the Storyteller struggle to help TiaRa find joy because that is what friends do for friends.
"My highest praise for a book- I could not put it down but I wanted to do so because I did not want the book to end- especially without a sequel to curb my wish for more. The characters were fascinating with the sort of witty dialogue I love from the older 1940's movies- Nick and Nora reincarnated in some mid west anomaly of a town. Sure hope this is made into a movie.
Charming, laugh out loud funny, insightful, truly a marvelous book. This is a great story, a well-written book, a slice of life, a joy.
With wit and charm and delicious writing, Schatz captures the drag in friendships and the friendships in drag...
A MUST READ!!!
I just finished reading this book and I think I’ll read it again soon. It was fun and tawdry and the way the author will take a familiar expression and twist it just a little so you’re surprised by where it went reminded me of Steve Aylett, another author who makes every word count. One of the chapters is a tale of a secret cabal which should exist, and probably doesn’t, but just the possibility that it might will lift my spirits for a long time.
I listened to the book on Audible.com. what a delight! It is irreverent, witty, with some fabulous one liners but with some of the most moving scenes I have read in ages. Frankly, I wept in one section. Steve Schatz writes with great humor, yet with a penetrating insight into the human condition, not just ""gay"" culture in the midwest. The characters are endearing and well drawn. I look forward to future offerings from this promising new writer.
Jim Gilman, Oakland CA
A colorful cast of characters serve intimate and clever platters of humor, depth, reflection, cruising, emotions and, oh yes, plenty of yummy nachos. A continuous stream of consciousness, I think this book is best consumed fully at one sitting rather than a few chapters here and there. With just the right number of personalities, you are able to get to know them all. Thumper's personality and song lyrics are brilliantly woven into it and TiaRa is sincerely sublime. She never disappoints, even during her most desperate moments! "